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Full text of "Byzantine Churches In Constantinople"

CHAPTER XXIV
THE   MOSAICS   IN   S.   SAVIOUR   IN   THE   CHORA
As stated already, the mosaics on the vaults and lunettes
of the arches in the outer narthex of the church portray scenes from the life of Christ^ as recorded in the canonical
FIG. 114.—PLAN OF THE NARTHEXES OF THE CHURCH, INDICATING POSITION OF THEIR MOSAICS.
aad the apocryphal Gospels, while on the faces and soffits of the arches are depicted the figures of saints c who desired to look into these things.' Scenes from the Saviour's life are also portrayed in the two bays to the west of the parecclesion3 and in the domes and southern bay of the inner narthex. Inscriptions on the mosaics explain the subjects depicted. The scenes will be described according to the groups they form in the compartments of the narthex.
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